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Dig Dug

by Atari

Published 1984

Dig Dug (ディグダグ Digu Dagu?) is an arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan in 1982 for Namco Galaga hardware. It was later published outside of Japan by Atari, Inc.. A popular game based on a simple concept, it was also released as a video game on many consoles.

The objective of Dig Dug is to eliminate underground-dwelling monsters by inflating them with an air pump until they pop, or by dropping rocks on them. There are two kinds of enemies in the game:

Pookas - A race of round red monsters (said to be modeled after tomatoes) who wear yellow goggles.
Fygars - A race of green dragons who can breathe fire.

The player's character is Dig Dug, dressed in white and blue, and able to dig tunnels through destructible environments. Dig Dug is killed if he is caught by either Pooka or Fygar, burned by a Fygar's fire, or crushed by a rock.

A partially inflated monster will gradually deflate and recover after a few seconds, during which time the player can pass safely through it. The monsters normally crawl through the tunnels in the dirt but can turn into ghostly eyes and travel slowly through the dirt. The last enemy on a level will try to escape off the top left of the screen.
More points are awarded for popping an enemy further down in the dirt (the levels are color-coded). In addition, Fygars are worth double points if exploded horizontally, since they can only breathe fire horizontally in the direction they are facing. Extra points are also awarded for dropping rocks on enemies in order to eliminate them rather than inflating them. If one enemy is killed by the rock, it is worth 1000 points. The next two add 1500 points each, and any after that add 2000. The act of digging is itself worth points, giving 10 points for each block dug, so some players do as much of it as possible in situations where the threat from the remaining monsters is minimal.

Identifier Dig_Dug_1984_Atari_proto
Mediatype software
Publicdate 2013-12-13 00:57:17
Addeddate 2013-12-13 00:57:17
Emulator coleco
Emulator_ext bin
Emulator_media cart
Creator Atari
Date 1984
Year 1984
Language English


Reviewer: KrispyKayak - - May 17, 2015
Subject: Shooting Key
Use the CTRL key to shoot enemies.
Reviewer: arcy - - March 28, 2015
Subject: Dig Dug, first attempt
We should have basic instructions -- I cannot figure out how to use the "pump" weapon in the game, which is necessary to play. I tried all kinds of keys, no luck. Anyone know what I'm supposed to press to blow up the monsters?
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